WPS Superintendent Updates

May 6, 2022

Thank you!

In honor of Teacher Appreciation week, Dr. Hahn and I extend our gratitude for the incredible work of our educators. With all the challenges and changes our teachers and support staff have endured, what has not changed is their dedication to our students and commitment to learning. Thank you for all that you do! Additionally, in recognition of National Principal Appreciation Day, we thank our school leaders for their dedication to the WPS community and their ability to maintain a safe and welcoming environment that focuses on providing equitable teaching and learning opportunities for all students.

COVID Update

The most recent COVID-19 data for Walpole shows a 6.75% positivity rate. There were 41 positive cases reported for the period 4/17-4/30. Cases are updated every weekend and can be found on the WPS COVID Data Dashboard (broken down by school). We continue to follow the instructions from the state health department. Please be reminded that masking will still be required for students and staff who need to visit the school health offices. If you don’t feel well, please stay home and isolate yourself from others. Those who have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 should contact their school nurse for further information related to quarantine and testing protocols.

Equity Audit Survey

Walpole Public Schools wants each student to have a school experience that allows them to get what they need every day to learn and feel successful. The district also wants each student to be prepared with the skills and tools to pursue whatever they choose once they graduate.


As a part of our equity audit partnership with Mass Insight, we will be distributing surveys to all school and district staff, students (Grades 4-12), and community partners. We also want to hear

from you. Our partner, Mass Insight, is offering this 10 minute survey for family members and guardians in order to learn about your experiences and those of your child/children. Families may also receive a phone call in the month of May which should last no longer than 10 minutes.


We value family and guardian input and hope you will participate and share your thoughts. Throughout this process, everyone’s participation is critical. A high response rate will enable us to confidently take the necessary steps to make Walpole Public Schools more inclusive and equitable for all. Please use the links below to take the survey in your preferred language. The survey will remain open until May 27th. Click HERE to take the survey.


Summer Learning Program Enrollment

We are pleased to be able to offer our free Summer Learning Program in person this summer. The Summer Learning Program is a great opportunity for your student to engage in a fun review of essential content from the year and start to prepare for September. The program will offer weekly sessions at each grade level Tuesday-Thursday 8:30-11:30am from the week of June 28 to the week of July 14. Students may enroll in as many weeks as they wish, consistent attendance for each session is expected. As a reminder, the initial survey was to assess district wide interest in the program. Completing the first survey did not enroll your student(s) in the program.


Please note that due to high demand and limited staffing, some grades and sessions may be limited to a first come first serve basis. The form in the link below is to enroll your current K-8 student(s) in the program. Please complete a separate form for each child you are enrolling. Be sure to pay attention when entering your student’s grade level and school. All enrollment forms must be completed by Friday, May 27. Enrolled families will receive further communication by the week of June 6.


If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact the program coordinators, Elizabeth Ryan (emryan@walpole.k12.ma.us) and Jill Masterson (jmasterson@walpole.k12.ma.us).


Summer Learning Program 2022 Enrollment Form

School Bus Registration

Bus registration for the 2022-23 school year is open. ALL parents and caregivers who want their students to ride the bus for the 2022-23 school year MUST register for school bus transportation. The transportation fee is $300 per student with a family cap of $600. Register online at www.myschoolbucks.com. Registrations received after June 20th will be assessed a $25.00 late fee per rider and all registrations must be received by Friday July 8th as routes are mapped over the summer. Routes will be posted on the district website a week prior to the start of the school year.

If you prefer not to register online, please complete the registration form and mail it to Walpole Public Schools, 135 School Street, Walpole, MA, 02081, Attention Transportation Office. Please make checks payable to the Town of Walpole.

Students in grades K-6 who live over two miles to their attending school (list of eligible streets can be found HERE) and students who qualify for free and reduced lunch are eligible for free bus transportation. Registration is required for all students, including those who qualify for free transportation.

If you have questions, please contact Kim Poirier, Transportation Coordinator, at wpstransportation@walpole.k12.ma.us or 508-660-7200, Ext. 5276


Middle School Building Project

A Community Forum was held on Wednesday, May 4th. To view the presentation, please visit the Middle School Project webpage here. Any questions or comments can be sent via email to the Middle School Project at middleschoolproject@walpole.k12.ma.us.


Memorial Day

Finally, the last weekend in May provides us with an opportunity and much needed time to get together with family and friends. As many of us look to this weekend as the unofficial kick off to the summer, it is also a time to pause and honor military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I am proud to be part of a military family. My grandfather, Marine Corps Sgt. Major, fought in WWI, WWII, and the Korean war, my uncle, Navy Veteran, fought in Vietnam, and my father was a Navy Corpsman. Fortunately, they all made it home after the completion of their service. I continue to visit those family members at Arlington National Cemetery and Bourne National Cemetery and to pay my respects to those who never made it home. On Monday, May 30th, please take the time to salute our fallen and honor our heroes.


Bridget A. Gough, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

April 1, 2022



Dear Walpole Public Schools Community,


Happy April! It’s hard to believe that we are approaching the fourth quarter of the 2021-2022 school year. In addition to getting into classrooms, it has been especially rewarding to see the return of our extracurricular activities. This last week of March marked many WPS events, such as the WHS Speech and Debate competition, the JMS production of The Snow White Variety Show, the middle school Unified Basketball Games, the WHS Spring Concert, and the BMS Spring Musical Into the Woods. The week concludes with the WHS Dance Company Production. With the start of our WHS Spring sports teams and the many end of the year events fast approaching, please check your calendars!


Bridget A. Gough, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

COVID Update

This week, we have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases at a couple of school sites. Individuals in affected classrooms have been encouraged to wear masks for 10 days after their initial exposure and participate in at-home testing. We continue to follow the instructions from the state health department. Please be reminded that masking will still be required for students and staff who need to visit the school health offices. If you don’t feel well, please stay home and isolate yourself from others. Those who have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 should contact their school nurse for further information related to quarantine and testing protocols. Walpole’s positivity rate for the most recent reporting period is 2.06%. As always, you can refer to the COVID Data Dashboard for positive cases for individual schools.

WHS Artists Featured in Exhibit

At the annual Art in Bloom exhibit, student artwork from Walpole and Norwood High Schools will be displayed, along with floral interpretive arrangements from the Norwood Evening Garden Club. The exhibit will be held at the Morrill Memorial Library, 33 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA on Saturday, April 2 from 10 AM - 5 PM, and Sunday, April 3 from 2 - 5 PM. Public is invited and admission is free!


National Merit Scholarship

Walpole High School senior Margaret Mahoney has been named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship. As a finalist, Margaret will be considered for the National Merit Scholarships to be offered this year. Seniors Ajay Bhagavatula, Christian Brownsword, Scotty Cameron, Tejaswi Makkena, Liam McCarthy, Sindhuja Moorthi, James Narag, Kyle Schmottlach, Margaret Singer, Katherine Soule, and Siddharth Vandrangi have been named as Commended Students and are recognized for their exceptional academic achievements. WPS is proud of these students’ academic achievements and pursuit of educational excellence.


Multilingual Book Drive

JMS Middle School Grade 6 student, Catarina Miranda, is working with the Walpole Public Library to gather books written in Spanish or Portuguese to build a multilingual collection for the community. Catarina, who was born in Brazil, entered the Walpole school community this year. With a passion for reading and the first-hand knowledge of how challenging it can be to move to a new country, new town, and new school, Catarina has demonstrated tremendous compassion and leadership in seeking ways to ease that transition for others, both at school and in the greater Walpole community. At Johnson Middle School, Catarina has embraced opportunities to serve as peer support for other students who have immigrated into the country. Additionally, she is spearheading this local drive to collect books to be donated to the Walpole Public Library. We are very proud of Catarina's service.

Middle School Building Project

The School Committee indicated that the School Building Committee recently voted for the Project Management to submit the Design Development to the Massachusetts School Buliding Authority. The project is still progressing towards hiring a construction company for the new middle school building. Another Community Forum is being planned for sometime in May. Details will be provided once the meeting date is determined. To find out more information and register for this event, please visit the Middle School Project webpage here.


Any questions or comments can be sent via email to the Middle School Project at middleschoolproject@walpole.k12.ma.us.

300th Anniversary Committee


The "300th Anniversary Committee" needs input from the Walpole community about making 2024 a year to remember. The Town of Walpole is planning a year-long calendar of events and activities and has created a survey to gauge interest in several community celebrations. Please consider taking a few moments to fill out the survey to help Walpole celebrate. Click on this link for the survey: https://forms.gle/5QpjfFae6kJDncS99

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